Ithaca — Helen Hagerstrand scored a go-forward shot, clutch 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds to play for the Ulbani women’s basketball team in Wednesday’s non-conference game at Cornell.
However, Shannon Mulroy provided a game-winning answer for the home team at Newman Arena as Cornell won 47–46.
After Hagerstrand’s 3 more Cornell timeouts, Cornell got to his frontcourt with 5.6 seconds remaining. UAlbany’s Grace Heeps deflected an inbound pass, making time tick, and Mulroy walked into the backcourt to retrieve the ball. Mulroy – with UAlbany’s Alain Hahn defending him – had enough time to get it back to the 3-point line and let a shot fly, which went all the way around the rim before falling through the buzzer-beating, game-winning basket. And it exploded.
The defeat dropped Ulbani to 1–2 in the season, while Cornell improved to 3–3.
The final seconds provided a fitting end to the game, which included five ties and 11 separate leads for each team. After UAlbany started the game with an 11–0 run, Cornell responded with an 11–0 run of his own. From there, the teams remained in two possession of each other.
Cornell led 36-34 to start the fourth quarter, which included six major changes. The final four baskets of the game all resulted in a major change.
Hagerstrand led UAlbany with a game-high 16 points, while Lucia DeCourts added a dozen points and eight rebounds. No other UAlbany player recorded double-digit scoring in the game. While Decourts and Hagerstrand combined scored 11 of 19 shots, the rest of the Great Dane made 6 of 29 shots from the ground.
For Cornell, Olivia Snyder scored a team-high 14 points and collected 10 rebounds. Theresa Grace Mbanefo scored 12 points and Mulroy scored seven.
UAlbany plays next Sunday at Boston College, coached by former UAlbany head coach Joanna Bernabey-McNamee.
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